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* Solo Concert by Michael Century April 25
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Solo Concert by Michael Century April 25

Michael Century will perform an unlikely program with the premiere of a modern minimalist piece and one of Beethoven’s final sonatas for piano, at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 25, at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. The program includes the U.S. premiere of a work composed by Ann Southam, and the first performance of a composition by Century.

Century, professor of art and an accomplished pianist, said the unlikely mix of styles stemmed from a moment years after he first heard Southam’s piano piece “Simple Lines of Enquiry.”

“A few months ago, something unexpected happened — I heard the piece, in my inner ear, juxtaposed with another,” Century said. “And not just any other: Beethoven’s penultimate piano sonata, Opus 110 in A flat, an amiable yet quirkily experimental piece that crosses genres and styles in a way never yet heard in music history at the time of its composition in 1821.”

Century will pair the works in the April 25 performance. He also will include a structured improvisation piece he composed titled “Twenty-One.”

The concert is free and open to the public.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 7, April 15, 2011
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